Cameroon ‘Aunties’ educate to protect rural girls from breast ironing

Cameroon ‘Aunties’ educate to protect rural girls from breast ironing

Eva Fernández Ortiz – WNN Features (WNN) CAMEROON: All mothers will do whatever it takes to protect their children’s well being. In Cameroon, this ‘protection’ goes as far as burning their teenage daughters’ breasts. Breast ironing is a traditional practice that painfully affects about one in four girls in Cameroon, Africa. But new education programs for […]

In Kurdistan, Maternal Mortality Remains A Concern

In Kurdistan, Maternal Mortality Remains A Concern

 RAWA ABDULLAH – Rudaw – Wednesday, 24 August 2011 (originally published 15 Aug) ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan — When Rasul’s pregnant wife began bleeding, he immediately got her in the car and sped her to the hospital. A short while later, he was devastated to learn that she died while in labor at the hospital. Rasul, […]

More Pregnant Women Dying in CA, Says Study

More Pregnant Women Dying in CA, Says Study

Jen Phillips – Mother Jones magazine – Thursday, 28 April, 2011 (originally published 27 April) Despite what the protesters at your local Planned Parenthood may say, abortion is not unsafe. In fact, you’re about 20 times more likely to die from childbirth-related ailments than you are from getting an abortion.* In California, a disturbing new […]

New mobile tech saves lives and women’s health Africa

New mobile tech saves lives and women’s health Africa

Eva Fernandez Ortiz and Shubhi Tandon – WNN Breaking It’s been one hundred years since the first International Women’s Day, and eleven years since the United Nations Millennium Summit. In spite of this poverty still denies women around the world easy access to primary health care. To answer the needs, a new approach to microfinance […]

Slow progress on maternity care (in Russia)

Slow progress on maternity care (in Russia)

Anna Sulimina – The Moscow News – Friday, 4 March, 2011 (originally published 3 March) As Russia grapples with its demographic crisis, the government has identified improving healthcare at state maternity clinics as a key priority. Officials insist there have been some successes, of course – but without extra funding and a more modern attitude […]

PODCAST: Millennium Development Goals – Global

PODCAST: Millennium Development Goals – Global

Women News Network – WNN Interviews At the UN Summit on the MDGs – Millennium Development Goals Madeleine Bunting gathers a roundup of analysis of the summit by global experts. As the United Nations sets its goal on 2015 targets, how will world poverty statistics be impacted? 2015 world predictions point to approximately 1 billion […]

UN Launches World Campaign to Save 16 Million Mothers and Children

UN Launches World Campaign to Save 16 Million Mothers and Children

WNN Features in partnership with The Guardian Global Development Network /AP A worldwide campaign to save the lives of 16 million mothers and children over the next five years will be launched by the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, today with around $40bn already pledged by governments and private aid groups. The global strategy for women’s […]

KENYA: Climate Change Water Crisis Impacts Hospital Maternal Care

KENYA: Climate Change Water Crisis Impacts Hospital Maternal Care

Kenya correspondent Gitonga Njeru –  WNN Features with editor Margaret Mapondera Kakamega, Kenya: At the Kakamega Provincial District General Hospital, located in Western Kenya, access to adequate and clean water still remains a pipe dream. Even though the need is critical the hospital, which works with maternity medicine and birthing procedures for women, still lacks […]